James Moontasri

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James Moontasri
Born (1988-04-10) April 10, 1988 (age 30)
Frankfurt, Germany
Other names Moonwalker
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Lightweight
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Los Angeles, California, United States
Team Blackhouse
Rank 4th dan black belt in Taekwondo[2]
Black belt in Muay Thai[2]
Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[2]
Years active 2008; 2011-2018
Mixed martial arts record
Total 14
Wins 9
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 2
Losses 5
By submission 1
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

James Moontasri (Thai: เจมส์ มูลทาศรี; born April 10, 1988) is a retired American mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division. Moontasri has competed in RFA and is currently signed with the UFC.[3][4][5][6] James was also a silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in taekwondo.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Moontasri was born in Frankfurt, Germany to a Korean American mother and a Thai American military father.[9][10]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Resurrection Fighting Alliance[edit]

With a 4–1 mixed martial arts record, Moontasri made his RFA debut on August 16, 2013, facing R.J. Clifford at RFA 9: Munhoz vs. Curran. He won the bout via third round TKO.[11] In his next fight, he faced Rick Reger at RFA 12: Ortega vs. Koch on January 24, 2014, submitting Reger via a rear-naked choke in the second round.[12]

For his third appearance with the promotion, Moontasri faced Jordan Rinaldi at RFA 15: Casey vs. Sanchez on June 6, 2014.[13] He won the bout via second round KO, and just a couple weeks later, it was announced that Moontasri had signed with the UFC.[14]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

After his win over Rinaldi, Moontasri was picked up by the UFC and faced fellow promotional newcomer Joe Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens on June 28, 2014.[15] Despite hurting Ellenberger in the first round, he would rally in the second and third rounds and Moontasri lost via split decision.[16] 8 of 11 media outlets scored the bout for Moontasri, while 3 scored a draw.[17]

He was then scheduled to face Jake Lindsey at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch on February 14, 2015. However, Lindsey pulled out of the bout because of an injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Cody Pfister.[18] Moontasri was dominate in the fight, finishing Pfister with a rear-naked choke in the second round.[19]

Moontasri faced Kevin Lee on July 15, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 71.[20] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[21]

Moontasri was expected to face Brendan O'Reilly in a welterweight bout on November 15, 2015 at UFC 193, filling in for an injured William Macário.[22] Subsequently, O'Reilly pulled out of the fight in the week leading up to the event citing injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Anton Zafir.[23] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[24]

Moontasri next faced Alex Oliveira on July 23, 2016 at UFC on Fox 20.[25] He lost the one-sided fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Moontasri was expected to face Alex Morono on October 15, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 97.[27] However, the promotion announced on October 6 that they had cancelled the event entirely.[28][29] In turn, the pairing was quickly rescheduled and eventually took place on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[30] Moontasri lost the fight by unanimous decision.[31]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 9–5 Alex Morono Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson December 17, 2016 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States
Loss 9–4 Alex Oliveira Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 9–3 Anton Zafir TKO (spinning back kick and spinning back fist) UFC 193 November 15, 2015 1 4:36 Melbourne, Australia Welterweight debut.
Loss 8–3 Kevin Lee Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee July 15, 2015 1 2:56 San Diego, California, United States
Win 8–2 Cody Pfister Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch February 14, 2015 2 1:49 Broomfield, Colorado, United States Catchweight (158 lbs) bout; Moontasri missed weight.
Loss 7–2 Joe Ellenberger Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Swanson vs. Stephens June 28, 2014 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States
Win 7–1 Jordan Rinaldi KO (punch) RFA 15: Casey vs. Sanchez June 6, 2014 2 1:14 Culver City, California, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout; Moontasri missed weight.
Win 6–1 Rick Reger Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) RFA 12: Ortega vs. Koch January 24, 2014 2 0:28 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 5–1 R.J. Clifford TKO (punches) RFA 9: Munhoz vs. Curran August 16, 2013 3 2:40 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 4–1 Darren Smith Decision (split) FCOC: Fight Club OC June 6, 2013 3 5:00 Costa Mesa, California, United States
Win 4–0 Joshua Aveles Decision (unanimous) RITC: Respect in the Cage August 25, 2012 3 5:00 Pomona, California, United States
Win 3–0 Joshua Aveles Decision (unanimous) RITC: Respect in the Cage November 19, 2011 3 5:00 Pomona, California, United States
Win 2–0 Tim Lindsay KO (punch) Gladiator Challenge: Hostile April 22, 2011 1 0:56 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 1–0 Jade Delong Submission (verbal) GC 83: Savage August 29, 2008 2 0:37 San Bernardino, California, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Mir vs. Duffee". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "James Moontasri - Official UFC Fighter Profile". UFC.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015. 
  3. ^ "RFA 15: Alan Jouban, James Moontasri ready to make name for themselves". Daily News. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Being Prepared for Any Outcome". USA Taekwondo. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Mixed martial arts looks to Southern California hotbed". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  6. ^ "James Moontasri explains why his game "caught on fire" ahead of RFA 15". MMA Corner. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Cuban Angel Matos wins men's over 80kg class taekwondo title at Pan Am Games". People's Daily. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  8. ^ "TAEKWONDO: Colorado Springs' Moontasri says he's not afraid of anyone". Gazette. Retrieved 2015-03-08. 
  9. ^ http://www.halfkorean.com/?page_id=10772
  10. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/AsianMasculinity/comments/2w8qvj/why_you_should_be_a_fan_of_asian_ufc_fighter/
  11. ^ "Resurrection Fighting Alliance 9 Official Results". mixedmartialarts.com. August 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Video: Watch the action-packed RFA 12 video highlights". mmajunkie.com. January 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "RFA 15: Alan Jouban, James Moontasri ready to make name for themselves". dailynews.com. June 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Welcome to the UFC Montano, Bush, Moontasri, Howell". bloodyelbow.com. June 24, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Joe Ellenberger loses another opponent, now meets James Moontasri at UFC Fight Night 44". mmajunkie.com. June 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "UFC Fight Night 44 results: Joe Ellenberger wins debut by split decision over James Moontasri". mmamania.com. June 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Joe Ellenberger def JamesMoontasri". mmadecisions.com. Retrieved 2015-07-14. 
  18. ^ "Newcomer Cody Pfister replaces Jake Lindsey at UFC Fight Night 60". mmajunkie.com. January 26, 2015. 
  19. ^ "UFC Fight Night 60 results, photos: James Moontasri chokes out Cody Pfister". mmajunkie.com. February 14, 2015. 
  20. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2015-04-25). "Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri added to UFC Fight Night in San Diego". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  21. ^ Dann Stupp (2015-07-15). "UFC Fight Night 71 results: Kevin Lee submits James Moontasri with first-round choke". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-07-15. 
  22. ^ Emma Challands (2015-09-21). "Brendan O'Reilly gets new opponent in James Moontasri for UFC 193". fightnewsaustralia.com. Retrieved 2015-09-21. 
  23. ^ Alex Oates (2015-11-06). "UFC 193: Zafir gets his chance after O'Reilly forced out". heraldsun.au. Retrieved 2015-11-06. 
  24. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-11-14). "UFC 193 results: James Moontasri doubles up on spinning stuff to stop Anton Zafir in first". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  25. ^ Staff (2016-04-04). "UFC on Fox 20 update: 4 bouts confirmed for July 23 Card in Chicago". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04. 
  26. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-07-23). "UFC on FOX 20 results: Alex Oliveira dominates James Moontasri to take wide decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-07-23. 
  27. ^ Staff (2016-09-03). "Moontasri vs. Morono, Yang vs. Janes announced for UFC Fight Night 97". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2016-09-03. 
  28. ^ Staff (2016-10-06). "UFC Fight Night Manila: Lamas vs. Penn to be rescheduled". ufc.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  29. ^ Staff (2016-10-06). "After B.J. Penn's withdrawal, UFC cancels next week's UFC Fight Night 97 event in Philippines". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  30. ^ Brian Martin (2016-10-17). "James Moontasri vs. Alex Morono added to UFC on Fox 22". whittierdailynews.com. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  31. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Alex Morono rallies, finishes in dominant form against James Moontasri". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2016-12-17. 

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